Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the associate editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He has returned to Baltimore after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Maryland. Before that, he served as the editor-in-chief of The Towerlight. Marcus graduated from Towson University in 2018 with his bachelor's degree in journalism and political science. He can be reached at [email protected]

Hopkins closes on former Newseum building in D.C. to use for research, education, public events

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Johns Hopkins University on Monday closed on the former Newseum building in Washington D.C. after more than a year of working to gain the necessary approvals and community input for the project.

The Newseum, a museum dedicated to journalism and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, closed to the public at the end of 2019 after financial difficulties.

The university said it plans to renovate the building, located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, and use it for research, education and public engagement.

Baltimore City rent support program to begin July 1

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Baltimore City renters who have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic can apply for rent support from July 1 through July 10 on the city’s website.

The COVID-19 Temporary Rent Support program is available for tenants who rent an apartment or house in Baltimore City.

Baltimore City has tested more than 10 percent of residents for COVID-19

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the exterior structure of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Image courtesy of CDC.

Baltimore City has tested 10.2 percent of its residents for coronavirus, according to state data.

The city joins seven other Maryland jurisdictions that have completed COVID-19 tests for at least 10 percent of their populations, including Somerset, Washington, Kent, Dorchester, Wicomico, Allegany and Talbot counties.

State health officials on June 18 called on local leaders to ramp up their jurisdictions’ testing efforts to test 10 percent of their populations.

Hogan announces $30M in funding to prevent evictions, but advocates say more is needed

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Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday announced that Maryland would commit $30 million to prevent renters from getting evicted, including $20 million for local governments and $10 million for a housing relief assistance program.

But immigrant advocacy organization CASA criticized Hogan for not doing more to stave off evictions.

Maryland’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests dips below 5 percent for first time

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Less than 5 percent of COVID-19 tests conducted over the past seven days came back positive for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, state data show.

A total of 66,115 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 440,282 have tested negative as of Friday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

American Visionary Art Museum cancels Flicks From the Hill, July 4 pet parade goes virtual

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The American Visionary Art Museum has canceled this year’s Flicks From the Hill movie series and will hold its July 4th Visionary Pets on Parade virtually.

Museum officials on Thursday said that they decided to change those two annual events due to concerns for staff and community members’ health and well-being during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are truly sorry to disappoint Flicks fans and Pet Parade devotees,” Rebecca Hoffberger, the museum’s founder and director, said in a statement. “The gathered crowds themselves always looked so much to me like art—many dressed in costumes, gathered as one community, all to watch movies or share their love of four-legged best friends.”

Baltimore Center Stage announces 2020-2021 lineup

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Baltimore Center Stage on Wednesday announced its theatrical lineup for the 2020-2021 season, including a four-play Mainstage Series and a mixture of other virtual and in-person programs throughout the 58th season.

The Mainstage Series will begin in January in the Head Theater, which Baltimore Center Stage said it has reconfigured to allow for appropriate social distancing.